KENNEWICK, WA – Team Finland dropped a 4-2 opening round decision today to Team Canada at the IIHF U 20 World Junior Tournament being held at Key Bank Center in Buffalo, New York.

Team Finland is captained by 19-year-old Americans defenseman Juuso Välimäki, a 2017 first round draft pick of the NHL’s Calgary Flames. Juuso had one assist in today’s game.

Both Team Finland goals were tallied by WHL stars Aleksi Heponiemi (Swift Current Broncos) and Henri Jokiharju (Portland Winterhawks).

Other opening day games today featured the Czechs upsetting Russia 5-4 and Sweden blasting Belarus 6-1.

The final game of the day features Team USA hosting Denmark at 5 pm PST. The game can be seen on NHL Network.

The Americans return to action tomorrow night in Portland at 7pm. Catch the action live at Kimo’s Sports Bar, your home away from home for Americans WHL Web TV. The radio broadcast can be heard beginning at 6:45 pm on News Talk 870 KFLD with the Gesa Credit Union Warm Up Show.

These two teams will meet again this Friday night at 7:05 at Toyota Center. It’s a Tri-City Herald Family Friday presented by KEPR 19. Check Thursday and Friday’s Herald for a money saving coupon that will save you up to $24 off walkup up pricing. Plenty of great seats remain as late as game time. Toyota Center box office will be open tomorrow and Thursday from 10 am until 5 pm.

1,700 tickets remain for the annual New Year’s Eve Bash with the Spokane Chiefs this Sunday night at 7:05 pm. Groups of 10 or more save big! Contact an Americans ticket specialist at 509.736.0606 for more details.

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